CCIFF at CG in Canada at SIGGRAPH
ACM SIGGRAPH International Resources
Canada China International Film Festival
On August 3rd 2017, the Canada China International Film Festival (CCIFF) Committee held its fifth event in Los Angeles Convention Center at the SIGGRAPH 2017 conference. Miao Song, founder of CCIFF together with Serguei Mokhov, co-founder of CCIFF (both are Affiliate Assistant Professors at Concordia University), Eloi Champagne from National Film Board of Canada, Jacobo Bibliowicz from Autodesk Research Toronto and the ACM SIGGRAPH Chapters chair, Sylvain ‘Sly’ Provencher, SIGGRAPH 2018 Computer Animation Festival director and President of SparkCG and Vancouver Chapter, Paul Salvini, SIGGRAPH 2018 Business Development chair and a Professor at the University of Toronto, attended the conference.
SIGGRAPH (short for Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques) is the name of the top-tier annual conference on computer graphics (CG) convened by the ACM SIGGRAPH organization. Founded in 1967, SIGGRAPH has been dedicated to the promotion and development of hardware and software technology on computer graphics, animation, and beyond. Starting in 1974, SIGGRAPH holds an annual conference every year in July-August and SIGGRAPH Asia in November-December. The conferences combine science, arts, and business in a CG technology show, and is the biggest, most influential, and authoritative academic conference with vast industrial participation. Each year, SIGGRAPH presented the audience (averaging 15000-16000 people) with abundant topics regarding their research, creation, and production works. Many industry leaders, such as Autodesk, Adobe, NVIDIA, AMD, Intel, GoogleVR, Christie, Avid, Discreet and, other vendors choose to announce some important information about their new product updates at the SIGGRAPH’s Exhibitors venue.
At the conference, Dr. Serguei Mokhov introduced the CG in Canada speakers and debriefed the audience on CCIFF and more specifically, its Entertainment Technology Summit and Exhibition, and Women’s Voice sections; Dr. Miao Song introduced the CCIFF exhibitors and speakers coming from China; Mr. Eloi Champagne detailed the NFB’s recent work in VR and related content; Jacobo Bibliowicz discussed the Canadian ACM SIGGRAPH chapters’ activities and his work at Autodesk Research; Sylvain Provencher shared details of upcoming changes to the SIGGRAPH’s Computer Animation Festival in 2018 and SparkCG activities; and Paul Salvini on behalf of the SIGGRAPH 2018 Chair, Roy C. Anthony, shared some his own experiences and research, as well as upcoming plans for SIGGRAPH 2018 in Vancouver. After their presentation, Serguei Mokhov posed a mini-panel questions to the speakers on the topics of promoting growth of female presence and contributions in the CG industry and their places of work, as well as a review of the landscape of computer graphics in Canadian education as Canada was named an education powerhouse able to attract quality students and faculty members across Canada.
On behalf of CCIFF, Drs. Mokhov and Song would like to express their deepest thanks to both SIGGRAPH International Resources Committee and Canada Art Council for their continued support and assistance in hosting this event, and special thanks to Rick Xu, Suyin, Jacky Bibliwicz, June Kim, and Tomasz Bednarz. The Canadian panelists collectively expressed excitement for the industry in the coming years, following the emergence of new festivals and exhibitions highlighting current and future technological advancements.